Graduate Entry Admissions

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Entry option you must have:

  • Completed a bachelor's degree. Students may have a bachelor's degree in any area, but it must be from an accredited program. Students may apply to the Graduate Entry option while their bachelor's degree is still in progress, but must receive their degree prior to beginning enrollment in the program.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Cumulative GPAs include all coursework attempted at that level and are calculated by The Ohio State University’s Graduate and Professional Admissions Office. Students with cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 may still be admitted to the program.
  • Completed all prerequisite coursework.



Students must complete all prerequisite coursework for the Graduate Entry option prior to the posted application deadline. Applicants who have not done so, even if prerequisite courses are in-progress at the time of the deadline, will not be considered for admission.

All applicants must complete a course in each of the following five areas:

  • Human Anatomy - Must include in-person lab
  • Human Physiology
  • Human Nutrition
  • Microbiology – must include in-person lab
  • Pharmacology

A grade of B- or better is required in each prerequisite course. As noted, Human Anatomy and Microbiology must include both a lecture and laboratory component and the laboratory component must be completed in-person.

Prerequisites taken at Ohio State

Prerequisite coursework may be completed at Ohio State during a bachelor’s program or as a non-degree student. To take undergraduate courses outside of a degree program, you must first apply as an Extended Education student. Applications can be completed through the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE). Please contact ODEE to learn more about enrollment as a continuing education student at (614) 292-8860 or e-mail

The following Ohio State courses fulfill the prerequisite course requirements:

  • Human Anatomy
    • Anatomy 2300 Basic Human Anatomy
    • Anatomy 3300 Advanced Human Anatomy for Undergraduates
    • EEOB 2510 Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
    • EEOB 2520 Human Physiology
    • Physiology 3200 Human Physiology
  • Human Nutrition
    • Human Nutrition 2210 Science of Human Nutrition
    • Human Nutrition 2310 Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • Microbiology
    • Microbiology 4000 Basic & Practical Microbiology
    • Microbiology 4100 General Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
    • Nursing 2470 Introductory Pharmacology for Nurses
    • BIOPHRM 5600 Introduction to General Pharmacology
    • Pharmacy 2010 Pharmacology: How Drugs Work
    • HTHRHSC 5510 Pharmacological Aspects of Practice in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    • Pharmacy (PHR) 5010 Fundamentals of Pharmacology
    • Pharmacy (PHR) 4000 Molecules to Medicines I: An Integrated Approach to the Pharmaceutical Sciences

Prerequisites taken at another institution

Prerequisite coursework may be taken at another institution. Please visit the Ohio Equivalencies or Transferology websites to see if the courses that you have taken or plan to take at another institution qualify. If you are unable to find results through these tools, then an evaluation of the courses will need to be done by the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions.

As a prospective student, to submit courses for evaluation please prepare the following information on each course taken outside of Ohio State:

  • Course Number
  • Course Title
  • Institution
  • Semester of Completion
  • Number of Credit Hours Earned
  • Course Description from Institution’s Course Catalog

Up to three courses can be submitted directly to; be sure to clarify that you are submitting the courses in reference to the MS nursing program. If you have more than three courses that need evaluation, please complete the attached form and follow the instructions for submission contained therein. Results for course evaluations can take up 4 weeks and the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions may request further information on a course, such as a syllabus, and may refer you to contact an Ohio State transfer credit coordinator in the academic area for further review.

If you have already applied to Ohio State, the evaluation of prerequisite coursework will be completed as part of the transcript evaluation process. Please do not submit an evaluation request if you have already applied.


Application Process

To apply for the Graduate Entry option, students must complete the following prior to the application deadline: 

1. Apply online

You can complete an application online at The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions office’s website here. A $60 fee is required at the time of submission of the application.

2. Submit all college transcripts

You must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have previously attended at either the undergraduate or graduate levels. This includes transcripts for any post-secondary courses taken during high school or of coursework that appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts from Ohio State do not need to be submitted. Submitted transcripts should reflect completed prerequisite coursework.

Transcripts should be sent directly by the sending institution by mail or electronic transfer to be considered official. Please request your transcripts be sent early so they arrive before the deadline. Transcripts can be sent to:

The Ohio State University
Graduate Admissions Office
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus OH 43218-2004


You may also upload a copy of an official transcript at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader. Web based documents, online grade reports, and related materials are not acceptable. Documents submitted in this manner are considered unofficial, but will suffice for the purposes of application. If you are admitted, you will be required to supply official transcripts sent direct from your previous institutions.

For details regarding these methods of submitting transcripts, please visit The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions office’s website here. Please direct all transcript related questions to the Graduate and Professional Admissions office at (614) 292-9444 or to

3. Current resume or curriculum vitae 

Your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) should be in a similar format to what you would use for a job application. You should include experiences that demonstrate professional experiences, community service, volunteer opportunities and leadership development on your resume or CV. You may submit this document at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader.

4. Purpose and goals statement

The purpose and goals statement is an opportunity to introduce yourself, to express your interests in the nursing field and to demonstrate your writing skills. Consideration is given to the prospective contributions of your experiences and attributes toward your goals in your selected specialty. Here are some recommended questions to consider and to address when composing your statement:

What specifically are your academic and career goals?

How did you decide to seek graduate education in this specialty area?

How do your attributes and life experiences relate to your potential as a master’s degree prepared nurse and/or advanced practice nurse?

How do you see yourself as a leader and advocate for patients in your future practice setting?

Your statement should not exceed three pages and use a standard format of single-spaced, 12-point font with 1-inch margins. You may submit this document at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader.

5. Online interview

You are required to complete an interview through an online portal called HireVue, during which you will be recorded answering a brief selection of questions regarding your interests in the field of nursing and the Graduate Entry option MS Nursing program. This interview can be recorded at any time. However, we ask that you do so only after you have completed and submitted an application. Further details, instructions, and links to the online portal can be found here.

6. Three letters of recommendation

During the application, you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of three recommenders. Once the application is submitted, an email will be automatically generated and sent to your recommenders with a link and further instruction on how to submit their letters of recommendation. We encourage you to submit your application far in advance of the deadline so that your recommenders have ample time to upload their letters. Letters of recommendation should not be mailed and you may not personally submit letters of recommendation.

It is suggested that at least two of the three letters of recommendation come from academic sources. Supervisors are also a good source for recommendations. We suggest providing your recommenders with information on the degree and specialty to which you are applying and with a copy of your purpose and goals statement. Ask that they address your potential for success in a rigorous graduate program and what attributes and experiences they feel will allow you to excel as an advanced practice nurse in your chosen specialty. Finally, make them aware of the submission process and the application deadline by which they must submit their letters.

7. Test of English proficiency - International applicants only

Details regarding what English Proficiency tests are acceptable, the scores required, and how to submit scores may be found on Ohio State’s Graduate and Professional Admissions website.

8. Supplemental application for current or former Ohio State graduate students

If you are currently or have been previously enrolled in a degree granting graduate program at Ohio State for any length of time, you would be considered a Graduate Intra-University Transfer Student. Be sure to choose the appropriate application for "current or former" Ohio State students after following the apply link. In addition to the online application, you must complete a Supplemental Application. This separate application must be submitted to the College of Nursing directly at Choose any of the following options to access this application:

MS Word document: Supplemental Graduate Entry Master's Application (to download, select "save") 

PDF: Supplemental Graduate Entry Master's Application 

Electronic (Fill-able) PDF (open file with Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat): Supplemental Graduate Entry Master's Application

Most applicants may review the status of their application anytime at If you are currently or have been previously enrolled in a degree granting graduate program at Ohio State for any length of time, you are considered a Graduate Intra-University Transfer and can contact to review your application status.


Admission Timeline

All required materials listed above must be submitted by the posted application deadline. Please allow up to five business days for the status of materials to be updated on your application status webpage. Any item still marked as incomplete by the deadline will result in your application being removed from consideration.

After the deadline, you will receive an email from the College of Nursing once your application has been sent to the faculty for review. This email will provide a more detailed timeline of when you can expect a decision on your application. If you applied for Summer 2020, you can download the admissions timeline hereDecisions will likely be released in early Spring.

Once offered admission, you will be given a short window of time to accept the offer. All admitted applicants to graduate nursing programs are required to pay a $250 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance. This deposit will be applied towards your first semester's tuition when you begin the program. The deposit will be forfeited should you decide not to attend the program. You are not able to defer admittance. If you are unable to begin your studies in the term to which you applied, you will be required to reapply in the future.


Post-Admission Nursing Assistant Course

After you are offered admission, you will be required to complete a Nursing Assistant course before beginning enrollment in your program. Verification should not be sent until requested by College of Nursing Compliance. Please do not submit any Nursing Assistant related forms prior to that time.

Click here to watch a short video about the Nursing Assistant course requirement. 

The course must include a minimum of 16 hours of direct patient care (clinical). Online courses are not acceptable. Credit earned from the course does not apply towards degree completion. This requirement may be met in one of three ways:

  1. Copy of STNA certification.
  2. Copy of proof of Nursing Assistant course completion (without certification).
  3. Verification of current or previous employment as a Nursing Assistant, Nurse Aide, STNA, PCA, SNA or CNA. Your current employer must complete the Verification SNA skills.

Many high schools, technical schools, health care agencies, and other community colleges also offer Nursing Assistant courses. You do not need to take the state certification examination (NATCEP).

To find an appropriate Nursing Assistant course, search the web using "NA classes (state name) or (city name)" or "CNA classes (state name) or (city name)" or use Additionally, you may locate a course in Ohio by contacting the Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation Program ("NATCEP") at (614) 752-8285.

For questions regarding our admissions process or requirements, please contact our Student Affairs team at For in-person assistance or for more information on how to strengthen your application, please Schedule a Visit to attend one of our monthly over sessions at the college.

In accordance with the non-discrimination policy of The Ohio State University and the College of Nursing, we strictly prohibit any discrimination based upon age, color, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, religion, pregnancy or veteran status in its application, admission, or enrollment practices. 

Ohio State is committed to treating applicants fairly and with dignity and respect. Please click here to review Ohio State’s new post-admissions policy.

Application Deadline

Summer 2020

Opens: August 1
Deadline: October 31

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